2021 Fragrant secrets / Invisibile fragranze


The story of the hidden language of smells

What impact does smell have on our daily lives? What is perfume, and what is its historical path to this day?

Fragrances and perfumes date back to Mesopotamia and Egypt, that is more than 5,000 years ago, then they also spread to Asia, ancient Greece and Rome and flourished in the 20th century.

The main character Tom is looking for the real scent that would soften the soul and gain the affection of his chosen Violeta. To achieve his goal, he also peeks into history with the help of artificial intelligence and the internet. We learn about the use of scents from Egypt, Mesopotamia and ancient Greece to Rome.

We also peek into the Dark Ages and see the use of perfumes in the Renaissance at the court of the Kings Louis XIV, XV and XVI followed by Napoleon Bonaparte, which supposedly used even 60 bottles of perfume per month.



Screenplay, direction, stage design, fragrance design: Barbara Pia Jenič

Dramaturgy consultant: Ana Obreza

Costumes: Alan Hranitelj

Sound: Peter Penko

Video: Barbara Pia Jenič, Diego Sedmak

Light: Barbara Pia Jenic, Peter Korosic

Choreography: Branko Potočan

Proofreading: Lara Jerkovič AGRFT

Assistant costume designer: Ana Janc


Acting: Nebojša Rako, Tina Gunzek, Maja Blagovič, Nikla Petruška Panizon, Franko Korošec



Smell has different roles: it is an invisible force of religious and spiritual rites, an invisible friend, an opener of emotions, memory, a creator of atmospheres. The script is based on research into the history of perfumes and scents in everyday life, from antiquity to the 21st century. Although the olfactory perception is the least researched of all sensory modalities, many books and professional articles have been published worldwide, which allowed the author Barbara Pia Jenič to create the story of documentary value.




Co-production: SSG Trst, Senzorium Zavod, UL AGRFT